Hong Kong: One week itinerary
'Bibendum', 'Guide Michelin' gastronomic guide book, Hong Kong and Macau
After seven days here you won't want to go home. These options are all great full-day adventures.
The Big Buddha
on Lantau Island
looks great, as it should considering its only 15 years old. Surely, the location of the "authentic" Ngong Ping Village at its doorstep and nearby cable car are mere coincidences? Instead, take the ferry from Central to Mui Wo to get there. The vegetarian food at the nearby Po Lin Monastery
(which has been around for years) is rather nice.
Head for a day in Shenzhen
, just north of the Chinese border. Twenty years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village of 5000 people. Today, it is home to 10 million people and is one of China's most modern cities. Visitors usually head here for the cheap knock-offs to be found in the Lo Wu Shopping Centre
Do buy your shoes, bags and clothes here, and get a great (and cheap) massage.
Don't buy fake DVDs (you could be arrested at the border), get cheap dental work or tattoos done (common sense), or get into cars with strangers to go and buy fake bags from a "factory" (more common sense). If you can get away from Lo Wu, then there is a whole city to explore. Dafen Art Village is definitely worth a look. Get your China visa in Australia before you go; it only takes two days.
Hit the tables
Hong Kong's neighbour, Macau
, has transformed itself from a quiet Portuguese colony full of casinos to a world-class experience (full of more modern casinos) in just a few years. For a fun day out, take the CotaiJet Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau
at 11am. Head to Hac Sa Beach
in a taxi (10 minutes, HK$40) and start with some lunch at Fernando's Restaurant
, which has the freshest Portuguese food and sangria in town. Then it's on to the Venetian
to check out St Marks Square
and the canals
, and then over to MGM
and Grand Lisboa
, with a few photo opportunities on the way at Macau's many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Wear comfy shoes; you'll be covering a lot of ground. Australians don't need a visa to enter.
Not just for the ladies
The Ladies Market
in Mong Kok will cover all your shopping within its 1km-long stretch of pedestrian walkway. The surrounding streets are no less busy with names such as Sneaker Street
(selling shoes) and every other consumer desirable you never knew you needed. Give yourself two hours at least; and yes, it has more than just items for the ladies.
Be an urban trekker
The Dragon's Back
on the south-eastern corner of Hong Kong Island is an up-and-down hike that follows a mountain ridge all the way, hence its name. The track itself is well marked, but it can be a mission trying to find the start point. Take the MTR to Chai Wan at the end of the island line and then jump in a taxi to the Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institute on Shek O Road (HK$20). Chances are you will see other hikers nearby, but otherwise just make your way up the hill following the signs. The two-hour hike has everything postcard views, fresh air and cold beer and snacks, which you'll find at the finish line in Big Wave Bay. A taxi back to Central will cost HK$150 and take 20 minutes.
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